Archive for December, 2004

Merry Christmas

Dec 23rd, 2004

I just want to take this opourtunity to wish merry Christmas to anyone who may stumble upon my Blog.

Let’s do the timewarp again…

Dec 15th, 2004

The more observant of you may have noticed that my archive seems to have suddenly expanded with entries from before this Blog even sprang into existence. The top Olympic observers will have even recognised these entries, for you may have seen them before. I have gone to the trouble of transfering the old ‘My life’ entries from my website into this blog, as part of a move to try and bring more order between the multitude of sections of my website. Soon to follow will be updates to my website which not only bring its design in line with the blog, actually mention the blog’s existance, but also bring together the various little bits and pieces I have scattered across the internet.

Also, I wish to bring your attention to the site feed. Previously the site had been using the supplied ATOM feed. However, thanks to feedburner I now have a newsfeed which should be readable by the vast majority of RSS/ATOM readers as it is dynamicaly generated server side depending of the software which sends the request. For those who know nothing of RSS/ATOM feeds and wish to find out more, then look here.

The truth is out!

Dec 9th, 2004

Article now removed.

ZURICH, SWITZERLANDóNearly 700 scientists representing 27 countries convened at the University of Zurich Monday to formally announce that their experimentation on mice has been motivated not by a desire to advance human knowledge, but out of sheer distaste for the furry little rodents.

Why do I have the feeling that at some time this article will come back to bite me?

I am home for Christmas

Dec 9th, 2004

On Sunday I packed my bags, dumped all non-essentials in a cupboard and
made the long journey home. (Three hours anyway) After arround sixteen
weeks in Cambridge things were getting quite stressful and I was glad at
the chance to get back home and be able to lie arround in more peaceful
surroundings. How quickly things change; I am already feeling bored and am
looking at all the work which needs to be done with the eyes of someone
begining to realise that they should tackle it slightly more than half
‘Discuss our current understanding of the mechanism of mammalian X
inactivation.’ Ultimately I need to produce between three and five
thousand words on said topic, something which I shouldn’t have too much
trouble doing as I tend to waffle, (You noticed?) but it’s the reading
which must accompany it which is most work. From this I need to get up to
date on the current understanding, extract the most important information,
and attempt to intergrate it into a coherant structure, preferably with a
unique outlook.
As the title indicates I am also aware of the approach of Christmas,
although some of the shops in Cambridge seemed to be aware of the approach
of Christmas back in early October. Why? In the retail word it appears
that three months, or one quater of the year is taken up with Christmas,
presumably an attempt to scare us into buying everything we need earlier.
It appears that people are incapable of buying Christmas presents if the
stores are not decked in tinsle and life size snowmen and Father
Christmas. I can’t help thinking that shops should be banned from putting
up decorations until 1st December, although this would probably mean an
overnight eruption of lights, glittler and fake snow. All my annoyance
must be minimal to people who don’t even celebrate Christmas, for whom the
annoyance must even continue and magnify towards the end of December when
every advert, every program and every shop becomes Christmasified.
If I don’t update before then, then happy Christmas.